Visual art design
Folk culture research
Nuo opera or Nuo drama is one of the most popular folk operas in southern China Characterized by its outstanding features such as ferocious masks, unique dresses and adornments, the strange language used in performance, and mysterious scenes.
Nuo opera has been selected as one of the non-material cultural legacies of China. The opera is a religious performance intrinsic to the culture of Nuoism, a type of Chinese folk religion.
The purpose of Nuo opera is to drive away devils, disease and evil influences, and also to petition for blessings from the gods. Singing and dancing are included in Nuo opera, and performers wear costumes and masks.